Canterbury Cathedral, stunning light and structures.    Saturday, June 11, 2011

On a recent vacation my husband and I were due to fly out from Gatwick airport just south of London. Since we were down that way we decided to add a couple of days exploring for us an unknown area of England before flying out. The days were spend visiting Canterbury and Canterbury Cathedral and hiking several beautiful trails in Kent. The trail along The White Cliffs of Dover was totally beautiful.

Other peoples vacation photos are sometimes not the most exciting to look at, but I do love the way these photos from Canterbury Cathedral came out. The Cathedral was an amazing place. It was a very bright day with the sun keeping appearing and disappearing, and thereby constantly changing the light and the colours in the cathedral. The blue gray colours were just so lovely and added a completely different dimension to the stunning architecture.

The ceiling in one of the side chapels was just amazing. Everywhere you looked there was the most wonderful interplay between the light, patterns and structure. I might have to have a play with carving some printing blocks. Such an inspiring place.

Scotland, Bury St. Edmunds and SewDanish    Sunday, May 15, 2011

Well, here we are almost two month later.... Life is great and so busy! I have to confess that I haven't done much sewing, crafting, designing nor computering lately. And I do miss it. Other hand there is a time for everything and sometimes it is good to take a step back and change direction for a while.

What recently has been taken my time are lovely visits from relatives and friends from Denmark. I'm always so happy when dear ones come to visit and are willing to spend their precious vacation time to come visiting. Lots of time is spend catching up (in Danish, my native language, bliss! :-) . And while showing and sharing my beautiful surroundings, it so makes me appreciate the beautiful corner of the world where I'm currently living.

As I didn't get around to do any blogging, I never properly advertised our recent OutOfTheFold exhibition at The Castle Inn, Bungay where we all had made a 12 x 12 inch piece framed in identical frames. I know I'm biased, but it really looked stunning! If you missed that exhibition, the same collection will be on display at Denny Brothers Art Gallery , Bury St Edmunds, England the whole month of July 2011. My piece is the one featured in the blog post.

Currently my other textile group FibreFusion is exhibiting at Sew In Stitches , Scotland with our 'Touchy Feely' exhibition. A selection of other pieces are on display as well.

Before I go, I want to share my happy dancing with you.......Last week I celebrated my 150th sale in my shop SewDanish . Thank you to all my wonderful customers. I really appreciate it :-) Thank you! 

'Spring' - 2nd UWIB Blog Hop    Monday, March 28, 2011

Welcome to this second blog hop, initiated by the Unique Women In Business group (UWIB). Please enjoy all the lovely 'Spring' posts and blogs.

People often ask me: which is your favorite season? To be quite honest, I'm never able to give a straight forward answer. I simply love all the 4 seasons and their characteristics. Having spend most of my life in Denmark and England, living with four distinct seasons, they simply get in your blood.
Some years ago I spend +3 years in the Middle East. A fantastic time from a cultural point of view, but I did miss my four seasons. There it was hot for 6 month and then slightly less hot the following 6 month. It was actually a rather strange feeling, as it was such a different rhythm to the year. It was lovely not having to wear loads of layers and winter boots, but still.

I find the transition between the seasons very exciting. You start to get small tasters of what is to come. Spotting the first snowdrops in the garden, a slight warmth in the air, the birds singing in the morning etc. Those subtle changes that spring is definitely on its way, are just so wonderful.

My husband and I went the other day for a long hike in beautiful countryside of Suffolk, England. On our way we discovered the first tiny violets and buttercups flowering like small bright dots. When out and about I instinctively look for natures sure signs that the winter is soon to be over. When I grew my mother, sister and I always went out for long walks. One of our favorite past times, were spotting the first wild flowers in the early spring. Very fond memories. The spring photos in this post were taken last week in the Abbey Gardens Bury St. Edmunds where I live. I just love Bury St Edmunds and the Abbey gardens VERY old and colorfull history! 

Unique Women In Business: UWIB Etsy Team Page and UWIB Blog
Participating blogs in this second Unique Women In Business blog hop:
Enjoy your hop :-)

Rita Wetzel       |
Jenn Nolda       |
Ann Rinkenberger  |
Robin Koehler       |
Linda Reynolds:     |
Audrey Fetterhoff  |
Wendy Kelly         |
Janet Bocciardi      |
Linda Stranger       |
Karen Terry/McDuffie  |
Judy Woodley    |
Trudy Miller       |
Cory Trusty       |
Nancy Pace       |
Lois Stifel          |
Jenn Brockman |

New Listings in SewDanish    Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Fabric covered box
A couple of weeks ago I was lucky that the light was just right. For quite a while I had been wanting to take photos of new listings. I have had  this wonderful pile of colourful items waiting to be processed into new listing in my Etsy shop SewDanish , but it was either too dark, to bright or I simply wasn't home. Finally the there were a few days of overcast but still bright days and I got my little photo corner set up.

Stab bound journal w/ raffia
So I've been busy listing and was really happy when I finally listed my item #200. That has been a distant goal for a long time and now I've finally reached it. A great feeling :-)

Covered books, recycled newspaper

I thought, I would share some of my new listing with you, and I hope you'll enjoy them.

SewDanish: Celebrating w/ a week of FREE SHIPPING :-)    Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Fabric Covered Box
I so fortunate to belong to several great teams. One of the teams is the Etsy Twitter Team which is a team dedicated to using twitter to its fullest, as the powerful networking and marketing tool it is. The leaders behind the team are working very hard in the back ground and I'm full of admiration for all they do for the team.

Cell Phone / Camera Flowers
A returning feature of the Etsy Twitter team is to be chosen as The Shop Of The Week (SOTW). This week, from the 28th February - 6th March I'm the lucky one!
Please visit the Etsy Twitter Team Blog and read the lovely interview edited by Judy from wellspringcreations Its an interview about my background, textile art and shop. I hope you'll enjoy it!

Key Ring, Mini Hexagon
To celebrate being the Shop Of The Week I'm offering a week world wide FREE SHIPPING from England in my shop SewDanish - Scandinavian Textile Art  from the 28th February to the 6th March 2011 (GMT)

The color green, 1st UWIB bloghop.    Monday, February 28, 2011

                                    Large green contemporary bowl

In this first blog hop initiated by the Unique Women In Business (UWIB) the chosen theme is 'green'.
At the end of this post you will find a list of clickable links with all the participating blogs as well as links to our blog and Etsy team page. Please join the fun and visit all these lovely blog and remember that comments are much encouraged :-) Enjoy!

Green  is not a primary color, but is created out of a mixture of yellow and blue. On a color wheel based on traditional color theory the complementary color to green is considered to be red.

                               Woven, green golden basket

The word green is closely related to the Old English verb growan, “to grow”. It is used to describe plants or the ocean. Sometimes it can also describe someone who is inexperienced, jealous, or sick. In the United States of America, green is a slang term for money, among other things.

                                         Keyring handsewn fabric origami

Culturally, green has broad and sometimes contradictory meanings. In some cultures, green symbolizes hope and growth, while in others, it is associated with death, sickness, envy, or the devil. The most common associations, however, are found in its ties to nature.
Green is also associated with regeneration, fertility and rebirth for its connections to nature.
                                    Green flowers and soap                                   

The text above is an exurpt from 'Green' found on Wikipedia.

 Links UWIB: Etsy team page and UniqueWomenInBusiness blog

Participatings blogs in this first Unique Women In Business blog hop.
Enjoy your hop :-)
AudreyGardenLady.blogspot com

Woven Basket - Blue Jeans Recycled    Tuesday, February 22, 2011

I have lately been exploring and pushing the boundaries for my woven / plaited baskets that I have been making for years and lately been selling in my shop SewDanish - Scandinavian Textile Art . In December I taught a basket weaving workshop using this traditional Scandinavian diagonal weaving technique. It was a great workshop, a lot of fun and most of my students left with a finished basket. It is a great pleasure passing on this old  basket weaving technique. It is so important to keep these traditional skills a live, so that they are not forgotten.

For a long while I have been weaving the baskets using recycled Danish newspapers. I love creating something so useful and unique from a humble newspaper and as an added bonus I can have little read while preparing the strips. 

While preparing for the above mentioned basket weaving workshop I was given a pair of totally well loved  blue jeans by a friend who knows, that I can pretty much find use for anything in my work. Having been cutting and preparing an endless number of strips, I instantly saw the trouser legs cut into strips and woven.  

It was fun weaving the basket as the strips kind of took on an organic way of life adding a lovely relaxed look to this rustic basket. To stiffen the basket, making it less fabric like and firm to the touch, I decided to paint the basket with diluted acrylic paint. 

Textiles In Focus 2011 by Pauline Verrinder    Wednesday, January 12, 2011


I'm so exited! Textiles In Focus is just around the corner! This great event organized by Textile Artist, Author and Tutor Pauline Verrinder is a total must for any textile/fiber art enthusiast and crafter and is not to be missed. I promise you will not be disappointed! The event will take place 25-27th February 2011 at Cottenham Village College just north of Cambridge, England.

Please take a look at the programme for all details about the exciting workshops, exhibitions,  demonstrations, lecture and all the lovely vendors. This years lecture will be by Dawn Thorne on 'Transparency and Dimension'. The two textile groups exhibiting this year will be 02 Textiles and Fibrefusion
The chosen charity for the very popular tombola is Alzheimer's Research Trust 

As a member of Fibrefusion I will be attending the event on most days. Do stop by and say hi  :-)

Textiles In Focus 2011    Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Textile In Focus programme

Happy New Year from Birgitte / SewDanish :-)    Saturday, January 1, 2011

On this last day of the year 2010 I want to wish all a very happy and healthy new year.

2011 is going to be a busy and exciting year for me. I'm participating in several textile exhibitions with deadlines fast approaching. In one of my textile groups, Fibrefusion, we are writing our 5th book which accordingly to plan the book is due to be published in September 2011.
My list of projects for my shop SewDanish is ever growing and I'm so excited to get back sewing after my December travels to Copenhagen, Denmark. As the photos kind of show a lovely trip, but bitterly cold! Brr.... :-)

Right now my husband and I are in the middle of planning our trips for the coming year that will hopefully include a fair amount of hiking around England. We so want to walk part of  Hadrians Wall, so that is very high on our list. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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